Wednesday, November 26, 2008
He installed a new entrance trail from the new parking lot that goes parallel to the hill two where the original trail starts on the gravel road...mega benching required and some pretty cool earthwork switchbacks. New trail markers installed too.
Keep your eyes open for some reroutes too because with the leaves down thick in areas.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Though the slime is only 5mm thick and no half pipe, these trail conditions shouldn't be ridden, imo. Tires are loaded up beyond the knobs and mud is deposited on the bike. I think it's time for seasonal frost warnings and reminders to say no to mud. To beat the frost slime, one needs to ride singletrack only when temps are below freezing, or late in the afternoon if the warmer temp has dried out the tread sufficiently.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Our first TC meeting was a ride inspecting the trail where we came up with a worklist for a trailday in the near future.
A 100 yd long technical section has been added at the top of the south hill. Chris saw the potential and brought it to fruition. The tread was left rough with short dips to keep the difficulty higher. There are some steep climb/descents and a narrow ridge. Balance and momentum skills are tested. It is only the second blue section at Tranquility. Chris is working on some more fun stuff to be announced after we receive permission from Omaha Parks.
Finally, we decided to assign 11 names to different sections of the trail. We chose fairly intuitive names for ease of memory and to help emergency crews. Paul broke out his crayons and put this map together.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
On behave of Frank the Trail Leader there will be Swanson Trail Day next Saturday starting at 8:30 from the parking lot.
Planned goals for the day:
1. A new trail leading up to the last installed bridge needs to be cut and the straighten leading into the bridge
2. Trail tree root maintenance needs to performed
3. Sections of the trail have grooved to a level where the sides need to be cut down and the dirt packed down into the middle and settle over the winter
4. A bridge needs to be moved from the back of Swanson to replace one of the Red clay pipe crossings up on the hill
5. The trail dip just before starting the downhill needs to be armored
6. Dirt needs to be added to the various tree jumps/log crossings
7. A couple of sign posts need to be replace and marked
8. A clear thick lacquer needs to be painted of the trial markers
Folks need to bring digging tools to this event to help with armoring some of the water crossing areas, bridge movement and repositioning and knocking the evil peddle catchin edges off some of the rutted areas.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
I've read they graded across some of the singletrack. Be careful out there (once it dries up). Ride across or around the grading till you can hook up with the trail again.
They also dump woodchips, pavement, move dirt from the tennis area, etc. A lot of traffic. They don't want an accident and neither do we. Give them plenty of room and a friendly wave. We are flexible and ride around their needs.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Why: To prepare the course for the upcoming Psycowpath race on September 13th
What to bring: Tree pruners, weed whackers (manual and powered), McCloud tools, shovels, rakes, etc.
Directions: Branched Oak Lake, Lieber’s Point near Raymond, NE From I-80, take Exit 401B to Hwy 34. Head west on Hwy 34 to NW 112th to W Raymond Road. Turn left on W Raymond Road and proceed west to NW 140th Street. Turn right on NW 140th Street and head north to Branched Oak Road. Turn right and proceed to the park gate/booth. Turn left (north) on the gravel road at the park gate/booth. Follow this road about a half mile. The road will then fork out. Turn right at the fork and continue about a quarter of a mile northeast. (Area 7)
Monday, August 25, 2008
After numerous evenings of bug infested, poison ivy/summac, and high humidity heavy duty cutting, clearing and cleaning the Manawa MTB trails are back. Steve is tremendously appreciative of all the folks that helped out for the last month and a half plus clearing out all the water and wind damage to the trails. He couldn't have done it without you and he passes on his sincere thanks to all of you that helped out.
Over the last several years the black/technical trails with many of the log crossings and technical features have been ground down so the trails were not so difficult anymore. Many large trees and logs were trimmed up and left in place to replace those features in the technical trail areas. The "No Second Chance" trail has the largest logs that require "trials" skills as Dale pointed out in the previous blog post. These are still work in progress and will be built up a bit in the next couple of months.
And from the rest of us trail users a mighty big thanks to Steve, Blaine, and Tom for having the perseverance and tenancity spearheading this monumental clean up effort by hitting the damage each and every week for the last month and a half plus.
There are a countless number of other folks unrecognized that gave so much time and effort I wish we could spotlight all of you but on behalf of all the users a big thank you just the same. This was definitely a community effort to accomplish.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Martin is checking ring clearance on a new log crossing. Better technical riders can clear it where Martin is standing without the stepup and down help.
Ginger was a great traildog, though she was sore and limping today. This log was dropped straight down but would roll. I don't like moving logs so I sunk it in the ground a couple inches. Still hits your ring when attempted w/o technique.
Martin made some great stakes to secure logs from moving.
No 2nd Chance has several new logs that are difficult to climb over, let alone ride. This brought back memories of how difficult Manawa was early on. Slowly, the ttfs have worn down or given easy bypasses. No 2nd Chance is for the people who like grinding up logs and other trials type riding. Check it out!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Trail Leader Dickey is asking for double duty. Here are the details:
Friday, August 22
Meet at 5:45 at Trail Head
Work from 6-8pm
Goal: We need to clear a lot of trees and cut them up for future trail features.
Bring: loppers, hand saws and a strong back (those of you who have been approved to use a chain saw, bring it).
Saturday, August 23
Meet at 8:30 at Trail Head (grab a bagel and a beverage)
Work from 9-2
Goal: Bench the trail after the rock climb and finish tree removal, pick up any remaining branches
Bring: loppers, hand saws, chain saws, shovels, Mcleods, hoes
NO GRASS WILL BE CUT AT THIS TIME SO DON'T BRING WEED WACKERS OR TRIMMERS
If you can only make it for a couple hours, please do so. Most of the work is being done towards the back of the long loop. The warm up loop is all done. So if you arrive later in the morning, take the levy as a means to get you to the east side of the trail quicker or walk the trail backwards. The benching area is towards the beginning of the long loop.
Wear long sleeves and pants. Bug spray is a must. Bring plenty of water but we'll have some on sight as well as gatorade.
Bring your bike.
Friday, August 15, 2008
I hope to cut a downed tree into bridge gurders to cross a creek. This will require chainsaws and ropes to pull into place. Another trail crew will continue clearing the trail through cedars.
Loppers, handsaws, chainsaws
edit: here are a couple pics
We cleared a couple hundred yards of trail in the short time. Only another couple hundred to clear, then a lot of tread work and a handful of bridges to put in. Looks like the next group of volunteers may be available in Oct. for several days.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Meet at the river boat ramp at 6pm. We will work for about 2 hours. Bring the usual tools -- loppers, hand saws, long pants, bug spray, gloves, etc.
Trail Leader Steve thanks those that have helped clearing the Lake Manawa trails. We are planning to schedule trail work one evening each week.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
We have lots to do before the trails at Manawa are in any ridable condition. This evening we are planning to mow some of the trails, raking and picking up debris, lopping, moving cut logs, and perhaps cut some more fallen trees.
Try to come out this evening to help. We will start at the river boat ramp at 6pm and work until 8pm. Brings bug spray, long pants, water, loppers, racks, hand saws, gloves... etc.
See you there.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Please bring lots of bug spray for yourself. Tools to have, loppers, rakes, hand saws and some shovels.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
This reroute needs your help. I will start the day at 8am. I know this is a Sunday and it’s early but the temperature and humidity will be better in the earlier hours of the day.
If the alarm clock doesn’t go off, if you’re coffee hasn’t kicked in, or what have ya and you would rather start a little later please do come over and lend a hand. You don’t have to travel far from the parking lot as all work will be on Mt. Neverest. Mt. Neverest is just to the south of the gate at the main entrance. So if you get there after 8am, park your car and walk to the entrance and the trailhead is on the right side of the road.
What is needed,
Bug spray if you wish, they haven’t been too bad in the mornings.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Thanks so much,
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Meet at the wild turkey parking lot @ 6:45ish Sunday morning.
The group will be working on the horse trails (race loop) removing the overgrowth/weeds.
Breakfast buffet afterwards.
Tools needed: weed whackers, lopers, pruners, flame thrower
Gloves, water, bug spray and pants recommended
We will need McLeod’s, shovels, rakes, loppers, and you.
If you are free and would like to put back into a great trail come over to L&C to lend a hand and see the reroutes first hand.
I will be over there at 8am, if you’re willing and able to meet that early I will be starting on the trailhead to the south, by the gate at the entrance to the monument. Otherwise I’ll see you in the parking lot at 11:00.
If you have questions, drop me an e-mail.
Monday, July 7, 2008
All fallen trees discovered this weekend have been cleared so you can ride uninterupted. One low hanging tree marked with orange tape, tall riders need to duck pretty good.
All the creek crossings are rideable once again.
Recommend you wear your favorite flavor of bug juice because if you stop the mosquitos will hunt you down.
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Below is a pic of the group of volunteers I worked with earlier in June.
Besides a couple dismounts to go over some large logs or ride around them the trail is in great shape. Weeds are in check.
A few folks have been riding there this week doing some excessive skidding going into just about every downhill corner. Definitely a few corners its nearly impossible not to skid but we need to encourage folks not to do it all the time if possible.
Its a fun ride.
Friday, July 4, 2008
Clean-up has started on the Lake Manawa mountain bike trails. It will take many hours of work. Initial work was done yesterday, from the kiosk to the entrance of River Front Estates.
Scheduled trail work will be continuing. Watch for information on this blog.
Check out the T.H.O.R. Web Site for some photos or the clean-up effort.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Thursday evening, meet to work clearing dead falls. We have all of the chain saws we need. What needed are bow saws, loppers, hand saws, and bodies to help move the wood. The Mosquitoes are nasty, so bring bug spray. Long pants are recommended
Meet at the Trailhead 6 pm. We'll work until 8 pm.
Monday, June 30, 2008
Loosing more of the bank.
The creek was overflowing its banks and running down the trail.
The biggest damage, turn into double dip.
Double dip to the creek.
At the creek.
!!!Forgot to mention, please be extra cautious around Tranquility anytime you cross the service road because county dump trucks are busy hauling downed trees on it!!!
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Platte is a little shaggy on the weeds and grass side but very rideable. The nettles are not stinging you for some reason in the few areas where they do reach out to touch you...nothing but good.
The trail is flowing smooth and fast just about everywhere. Didn't go down the gully, took the bypass out by the fenceline.
One tree obstacle in the Yun 2 area that requires a dismount. Trail leader notified and developing a removal plan.
There is discussion about a week night trimming party in the next couple of weeks...Stay Tuned. One good trimming will probably carry it till the fall with any luck.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Trail Work Days - Sat. June 28th and Sun June 29th - 10am-3pm
Meet: Old Cheney Trail Head at Old Cheney Road east of 1st street, west of the railroad tracks.
What to Bring: Chain Saw, Ax (to get the chain saw unstuck), Loppers, hand saws, Chaps, Gloves, fuel bottles and an extra bar, Long Pants for sure. I will bring 5 gal water jug and some brownies, nuts etc. BRING BUG JUICE!!
Work to be done: Clear trail of the debris Mother Nature left behind.
Help when you can - for a few hours, a day, or both days. Your work is appreciated.
Please contact "rose at dakota-st dot com" for more information.
Posted on behalf of Rosina Paolini
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Avoid the gully for a little while, there is still running water the farther you go down. Take the blue trail left which brings you up to the fence line trail just before you finally commit to the bottom of the gully. Its a trail not normally used by folks that ride the gully all the time. It takes you up thru some trees to a fence line and some single track that turns into double track, really fast down hill to the trail head marker.
Platte definitely weathered all the storms really well.
Thanks Jesse and crew.
I built a couple more debris dams like the one pictured below to keep tree turds from constantly flowing onto the trail. This involves laying some tree limbs above the trail, usually anchored by trees, at a spot where lots of debris is moving down the hill onto and over the trail. If this is some kind of trailbuilding no-no, just tell me and I'll stop. I haven't noticed that it causes any problems, and it cuts down on my workload quite a bit. Branches get caught in the dam, while water and leaves flow through it.
I also got growled at by a cute young raccoon, and eyed suspiciously by some protective momma deer.
As of this writing, all of the downed trees at Jewell have been dealt with. The trail is clean and the dirt is nice and tacky and 99% rideable. There is one spot at the entrance to the lowlands that is muddy and should be walked for a couple days. The weeds are just starting to get annoying. One thing that is causing me concern is the north side gravel road climb, which is almost too eroded to ride across. The new parking lot is ready but it's still blocked off for some reason.
"Debris dam" above the trail shrinks the workload:
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Put in three more grade reversal/nicks just below the downhill drop to the mcleod.
Chris' alternative line over barbwire pump can be seen to the left and the approach below.
Doug reports as of last night (Friday), 98% of tp was dry and very fast (till the next rain).
Several other low hanging branches or trees squeezing the trail but overall rideable and getting better. Sticks galore all over the trail in some parts.
Trail Leader notified and has a plan to remove it within a day or two.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
We spent the rest of the day working on the trail from the top of the bluff down to the Platte River.
We finished about 1100' like above, roughed out the tread another 100', and weed wacked the remaining 500' to the river. Around 60 work hours for the day. I will be working with a group of senior adults in a couple weeks to finish the treadwork to the river.
Here is a pic of the trail cut through cedar trees the previous Saturday.
Friday, June 6, 2008
Saturday, May 31, 2008
We had five chainsaws in action with the Wolfe clan volunteers - a very nice family. I was included to feel like one of the family. This was the first work done on the trail beyond marking. Put in 40 work hrs and knocked out over half the heavy cutting in the cedars. Guessing a little less than half a mile.
For several reasons, this trail will progress more slowly than expected. I think there will be less than 3 miles completed by the end of 08. Hopefully, 09 will have enough mtb trail to make it worth the trip. The trail will be used by campers, hunters, 3D archery, etc. in the mean time.
The rivers are way up. Here is the Platte at hwy 77 around 09:00.
And high water on the Elkhorn at hwy 36 around 18:00.
Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Many were skipping this climb b/c of the ruts/sod clumps in the tread. Though more work could be done, this is worth the effort to climb, especially with Chris widening the tread for the sweeping downhill just before the cement water runoff crossing.
Looking back at the second switchback.
Looking up from the fourth switchback. This is the hard part of the climb where the gearies drop a gear and the ss'rs stand and pass them. 8-)
Rerouted after the fifth and sixth switchbacks for natural grade reversals. This section traverses a larger water route that remains stable b/c of the grass. This section will probably require those who sit and spin to stand b/c entrance and exit ledges were left steep for that purpose.
Found out later that Doug was working on the other side of the hill benching the switchback at the start of the iceplex loop.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
For fun check out the brush fire damage that took place last Sunday afternoon at the top of the big hill above the tennis courts. 2 fires trucks came out to put out the blaze that was probably started by kids. The fire did make its way to the trail in 2 spots but did not cross. Our trail became a fire break.
Have fun riding.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
When: Tuesday, May 27
Time: Meet in trail head parking lot at 5:45, head out at 6. Plan on a couple hours.
Bring: loppers, rakes, McLouds, shovels.
To Do List: Dickey will be on the tractor mower, so we'll need people to rake up behind him as well as behind those trimming the single track. The utility road straight-away at the start of the long section needs smoothing out. The log pile before you pop out onto the gravel double track needs some attention. Need to cut down any hanging branches or overgrown weeds.
Also, Steve has asked for two people to stay until the end to make sure he doesn't have any trouble with the mower (it's happened before).
Gatorade will be on hand.
Also, this is a good opportunity to come out and renew your membership and get a shirt for $5! Offer ends 5/31!
Saturday, May 17, 2008
The right goes down towards the iceplex and the left stays on top of the southhill. We will be moving the 3 mile marker about 50 yds to here to sign the bypass.
The climb after riding along the south side of the creek is also removed. Click here for a map.
Yellow = trail
Red = finish line
Blue = parked cars and race only access
Black = bypasses for Junior/Beginner race
Current thoughts are Sport will race 2 or 3 laps and Expert 4 laps.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
If you have a mower and want to spend an hour or so mowing, please let Doug know at Tranquility@TrailsHaveOurRespect.org.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Tranquility Trail Leader
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Results from last weekend's kickoff of the 2008 THOR Membership Drive are in and once again support for what we do was reaffirmed by many generous people.
The trails will dry quickly due to all the hard work the trail crew put in several weeks ago, they cleaned all the small sticks and logs away from the edges to allow water to drain off and make it easier to run weed eaters.
Several new reroutes or line improvements also took place so don't be surprised when you spot some new sections. Heads up for the new black jump just past the rock garden area, easily bypassed to the left (marked) if your not into big big air.
You will see yellow ropes across several of the trail entrances, these are meant to keep the horses out of the single track areas not hikers or MTBers.
Get your Marathon legs going!
Monday, May 5, 2008
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
One of our Trail Leaders reports that the big log crossing at the bottom of the hill at L&C is in a dangerous condition.
The logs are missing or messed up on the far side of the big log crossing so you won't see it till your commited to going over. He rates it very very difficult to dangerous.
L&C Trail Leader has been informed.
Please exercise caution when approaching and crossing this obstacle until it is investigated and remedied. Look before you leap.
If you haven't had the opportunity to renew your THOR membership or signup as a new member, stop by the THOR booth at the Psycowpath race at Swanson Park this Saturday! Memberships are $20 for individual, $30 family.
We've got some cool new T-shirts available - get one for only $5 with your paid membership through the month of May.
For those who have already renewed membership, this offer is retroactive ... stop by this Saturday or at any Psycowpath event during the month of May to get your shirt!